“The Vermont Marble Company Stores” by Mary Fregosi traces the development and growth of the stores based on the needs of the growing marble industry under
the leadership of Redfield Proctor in the late eighteen hundreds. As the population of workers increased, so did the necessity to provide the requirements of daily living.
Proctor owned stores in West Rutland, Center Rutland, Florence and Proctor, with the Proctor Store the focus of this article. The history of the store is told in great detail with numerous photographs of the store, and the essential role it played in the life to the community, and their ultimate decline.